Document Actions
  • Print
You are here: Home Multimedia Photographs Karen refugees in Thailand

Karen refugees in Thailand

A rare glimpse into the daily life of ethnic Karen and Karenni refugees in two camps along the Thai-Burma border. © Amity Malack

This collection of photos provides a glimpse into the daily life of ethnic Karen and Karenni refugees in two camps along the Thai-Burma border. The Karen people reside primarily in southern and southeastern Myanmar (Burma), where they make up approximately 7 percent of the population. The Karenni people are a subgroup of the Karen people. An estimated 400,000 Karen and Karenni refugees have fled to Thailand, in order to escape persecuting by Myanmar's military government, many of them living in camps on the border.

These photos were taken in two such camps: Mae La and Ban Mai Nai Soi. As of 2009, refugee resettlement was ongoing in both camps.

Mae La

The first set of photos (1-24) were taken in Mae La, the largest of Thailand's Burmese refugee camps with a population of approximately 30,946 (UNHCR Feb 2010 estimate). The majority of registered refugees in Mae La are ethnic Karen.

Ban Mai Nai Soi

The second set of photos (25-36) were taken in Ban Mai Nai Soi, the northernmost of Thailand's refugee camps. Ban Mai Nai Soi's population is majority Karenni, it has an estimated population of 13,308 (UNHCR Feb 2010 estimate).

Copyright

All photographs © Amity Malack, 2009.

Further FMO Resources

Filed under: , ,
creative commons logo (CC) BY-NC-ND This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 UK: England & Wales License.
View Gallery

Click on the image above to see the full gallery of photographs.

Last updated Jun 09, 2011